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Winners named in June Dairy Month Recipe Contest

LOYAL – The 54th annual June Dairy Month Recipe Contest was held June 17 at Loyal City Hall. This year the theme was “Party Appetizers” and there were 21 entries. The winning recipe was submitted by Shannon Toufar, Loyal, with “Wisconsin’s Hot Rueben Dip” (see recipe). As the winner for this contest, Toufar will be the chairperson for next year’s recipe contest and will have the honor of choosing the theme for the year.


Horizon appears bright for county broadband initiative

According to Art Lersch of the county UW-Extension office, the initiative was launched in January, following a motion from the county board directing Administrative Coordinator Randy Scholz, in collaboration with the Administrative and Legislative Committee and UW Extension office, to pursue expansion of broadband internet service into the rural reaches of the county.
“Most county board members felt this is a business related measure that will improve economic development throughout county, including rural areas.” Lersch explains.


First-ever cash grain monitoring sites

After 12 years of monitoring water quality on farms with manure applied to forage crops, the UW Discovery Farms® Program is adding a grain-based farm. The Roger Rebout and Sons Farm, a 3,000-acre cash grain operation, is the first of several new core farms in Rock County.


State Fair meat entry numbers up

According to Jeff Sindelar, University of Wisconsin meats specialist who oversees the event, entries were up from last year. Wisconsin has some outstanding meat processors, he said, and the state has done well in any contest in which they participate nationwide.


EXTending a hand in Dunn County

Time and again I am asked about the safety of food preservation recipes published in cookbooks, or books authored specifically for home canning. A quick search on Amazon.com indicated 669 books on home canning alone. There are books by traditional “authors” like Better Homes and Gardens, and other names new to the scene offering how-to guides, books for beginners, or books to meet a certain need, e.g. canning in small batches.


Watch out for Japanese beetles

It is the time of the year to watch out for adult Japanese beetles in your landscape. Japanese beetles are one of the most voracious feeding insects known to have a wide range of host species (more than 320 plant species) preference. It typically skeletonizes the leaves by chewing between the veins of the leaf tissues and causing severe defoliation. Roses, birch, linden, grapes, raspberries, Norway maples, beans, apples, plum, crabapples, elms, beech, asparagus and rhubarb are some of its favorite delicacies.


Keep summer cool: follow food safety rules

What do summertime picnics, cookouts, camping, and days at the park or beach have in common? Summer fun and summer food! Whether you’re grilling, pot lucking, or picking up food on the go, summer brings a whole new flavor to what and how we eat.